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Life in the Military
  1. What's the nickname given to the kids of servicemembers?
    "Military Brat" -- or "Air Force Brat," "Navy Brat," "Marine Brat" or "Army Brat," if you want to be service-specific. It's a badge of honor.
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  2. What is the nickname given to the educational assistance program for military veterans?
    The GI Bill. It's official name, coined after WWII, was the "GI Bill of Rights."
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  3. What is the name of the daily newspaper for American GIs overseas?
    Stars and Stripes. It comes in three editions: Pacific, European and Middle East.
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  4. Who has the TOUGHEST job in the military?
    The spouse married to a servicemember. They have to keep the home-fires burning when their loved one is away.
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  5. What is the bedrock of military law for the entire US Armed Forces?
    The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
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  6. What's the nickname given to the powdered drink mix served in military dining halls?
    Bug juice.
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  7. What recreational and support facilities are found on a typical base?
    It varies. Most have a recreation center, library, swimming pool, gym, athletic field, a nightclub, post office, snack bar, movie theater. Some installations have hobby shops, go-kart track, a golf course, skeet and trap range, recreational lake or camping area, a child care center, veterinarian office, thrift store and teen/youth club.
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  8. Who makes the uniforms, unit patches, insignia, metal emblems and other clothing items worn by GIs?
    Most military clothing and uniforms issued to servicemembers is produced by civilian manufacturers under contract to the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP). Servicemembers can also purchase commercially-produced replacement uniform items from their base uniform or tailor shop.
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  9. What is a commissary?
    A commissary is the supermarket/grocery store on a military base for servicemembers and their families.
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  10. Can an enlisted person become a commissioned officer?
    Yes! Those enlisteds that have leadership and college-level educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply for one of many officer accession programs, and trying for slots at their service academy.
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  11. Where is the LARGEST US military installation?
    White Sands Missile Range, NM has over 3.6 million acres -- most of it is desert.
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  12. Can you earn a college degree while serving in the military?
    Yes! All military services encourage their enlisted members to take off-duty college courses through their base education office. The service pays for their course tuition fees while the servicemember pays for all books and supplies. In some cases, servicemembers can take correspondence or online courses if they are in a remote or isolated area.
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  13. What is a technical school?
    Technical schools are where servicemembers learn their basic job specialty after recruit training. Some can be as short as six weeks, others can last over a year. Military members also receive on-the-job training and occasionally return to their technical school to learn advanced skills.
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  14. When are servicemembers paid?
    Payday for all US military members is on the 1st and 15th of each month.
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  15. What is the ASVAB?
    ASVAB is the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests developed by the Department of Defense in the 1960s. Recruiters use a combination of aggregate data from the ASVAB to determine what jobs and programs a potential recruit may be eligible for. There are currently three versions of the ASVAB. The version given to high school juniors and seniors (called Form 18/19) is not for enlistment in the military (although the test can be used for military enlistment); but primarily a tool to help school counselors and students discover where a student\'s basic aptitude lies. Approximately 900,000 students take high school ASVAB each year.
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  16. What is a "dining-in"?
    Formal military dinners are a tradition in all branches of the US armed services. In the Air Force and Navy, it is the dining-in; in the Army, the Regimental Dinner; in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, it\'s Mess Night. The dining-in is an occasion for military members to meet socially at a formal military function. It enhances the esprit de corps of units, lightens the load of demanding day-to-day work, gives the commander an opportunity to meet socially with their subordinates and enables military members of all ranks to create bonds of friendship and better working relations through an atmosphere of good fellowship.
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  17. What is Space-A travel?
    Space Avaliable travel is convenient way for active duty, reservists and their dependents to travel in the US or overseas on military or contractor-operated passenger aircraft while on leave, in lieu of travel by commercial airlines. Much depends on the flexibility (and cash reserves) of the military member -- and good timing. Reservists, military retirees and certain Department of Defense civilian employees may use Space Available travel, provided they meet certain eligibility guidelines.
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  18. Do children living with their military parent(s) overseas still attend school?
    Yes! In most cases, when families are allowed to accompany a servicemember to their overseas assignment, their children attend schools on base operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). DoDEA operates 222 elementary, middle, and high schools in 13 foreign countries, seven states, and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by US accreditation agencies. About 8,785 US Civil Service and local-hire teachers serve DoDEA\'s 102,600 students.
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  19. What's referred to by GIs as a "Big Chicken Dinner"?
    A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD). In many ways, it\'s equivalent to a felony conviction. A BCD can severely affect a former servicemembers chances for appying for certain employment, securing a bond, applying for permits or running for public office.
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  20. Where can a military person register their DD2-14's to keep them safe and easily obtain a copy?
    The registrar of deeds
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  21. Who provides television and radio services for US Forces overseas?
    The American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). AFRTS' mission is to communicate Department of Defense policies, priorities, programs, goals and initiatives. AFRTS provides stateside radio and television programming, "a touch of home," to US service men and women, DoD civilians, and their families serving outside the continental United States, on contingency operations, and aboard Navy ships around the world. AFRTS uses seven satellites along with digital compression technology to provide multiple television and stereo audio services to over 1,000 outlets in more than 175 countries and US territories, and Navy ships.
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  22. Who provides for the recreational needs of servicemembers and their families?
    Each service branch has their own oraganization that provides morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) services -- Army MWR, Air Force Services Agency, Navy MWR, and Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS). In the USCG, MWR stands for \"Morale, Well-Being and Recreation,\" but provides the same services as the others. MWR is responsible for the operation of recreation facilities aboard military installations -- such as clubs and restaurants, hobby shops, libraries, bowling centers, recreation lounges, teen clubs, child development centers, swimming pools, golf courses, gyms, fitness centers and athletic fields. Each service MWR is a military-sponsored, profit-making organizations; as they receive no Congressional funding for their operations (except for base gyms, athletic fields and libraries which are operational necessities for military physical fitness and professional education). Use of MWR facilities is open to all military servicemembers, regardless of branch. MWR also! offers military discount tickets to major attractions and theme parks around the US and operates exclusive resorts (known as Armed Forces Recreation Centers - AFRCs) for military members and their families: Shades of Green on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Orlando; the New Sanno Hotel in the heart of Tokyo, Japan; the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, ROK; the Hale Koa Hotel on the beach in Waikiki; and the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany. Other branch MWRs operate vacation beach cabanas, lodges, cabins, lake resorts and hotels exclusively for servicemembers.
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  23. What is the USO?
    The United Services Organization (USO) provides morale, welfare and recreation services to uniformed military personnel and their families. A Congressionally-chartered organization, the USO represents the American people by extending a \"touch of home\" to military members and their families assigned overseas and in the US. The USO is a non-profit charitable corporation and is not a part of the US Government or receives any direct government funding, but is endorsed by the President and Secretary of Defense. Each President has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since its inception. Well-known for their travelling roadshows with the late Bob Hope and other celebrity entertainers, the USO also provides newcomer briefings for troops and family members to an overseas duty station, port vendor coordination for visiting US warships, cultural awareness seminars, airport service centers and troop lounges; high quality (and inexpensive) local tours, employment assistance for re! cently-discharged military servicemembers; telephone, internet and email capabilities; and USO Canteens and Centers which provide a relaxing, homey and wholesome alternative to the stress of military life.
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